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Status of the West Indian manatee in Honduras

January 1, 1983

Aerial surveys and interviews with fisherman in Honduras indicate that manatee numbers are low. There is an abundance of suitable habitat, and evidence on the proportion of calves indicates that manatees are reproducing. Although natural mortality occurs when the animals are trapped in small landlocked coastal lagoons, the greatest threat to manatees is from subsistence hunting for their meat. Harpooning from a small motorised canoe is the most common means of capture; however, entanglement in gill nets may also be employed. Enforcement of existing protective laws and enlistment of public support is required to preserve the remaining manatees in Honduras.

Publication Year 1983
Title Status of the West Indian manatee in Honduras
DOI 10.1016/0006-3207(83)90094-0
Authors G. B. Rathbun, J. A. Powell, G. Cruz
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Biological Conservation
Index ID 1007690
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Ecological Research Center